Jimmy is de­nied his three in a row

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Phillips

JIMMY Floyd Has­sel­baink dropped his first points since be­com­ing Northamp­ton boss as both man­agers were left frus­trated with a draw.

The Cob­blers led 2-0 at half-time be­fore-Southend hit back with two goals in three min­utes at the start of the se­cond half.

And Has­sel­baink was ir­ri­tated at hav­ing been pegged back.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing and it feels like two points lost,” said the Dutch­man, who has taken seven points from nine since his ap­point­ment ear­lier this month

“It will hit the con­fi­dence a lit­tle bit but I have some tal­ented play­ers here

“We have to keep on work­ing and im­prov­ing if we’re go­ing to become a bet­ter side that’s more or­gan­ised and to­gether.

“We’ve got some­thing from the game and when you’re the away team that’s good.

“But when you’re 2-0 up you should win the game and it’s dis­ap­point­ing we haven’t.”

Northamp­ton opened the scor­ing in the 20th minute when Leon Bar­nett’s low shot from Yaser Kasim’s rightwing cor­ner was de­flected into his own net by Nile Ranger.

The Cob­blers dou­bled their ad­van­tage in the 43rd minute as Matt Crooks curled a low 20yard shot into the bot­tom cor­ner.

How­ever, Southend stepped things up at the start of the se­cond half with Ja­son Demetriou fir­ing home a de­flected 20-yard shot in the 48th minute.

And, two min­utes later, An­thony Wordsworth – who was mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance since suf­fer­ing a ham­string in­jury in April – burst into the box to score.

Southend wasted a golden chance to take the lead when Stephen McLaugh­lin headed wide from close range.

But the Cob­blers dug in to pick up a point de­spite Crooks be­ing shown a se­cond yel­low card in stop­page time.

And Shrimpers boss Phil Brown – whose side have now gone nine games with­out a win – was frus­trated to pick up just a point.

“Hav­ing come back from 20 down it looks like it’s a good point but it’s still two dropped for me,” said Brown.

“I should re­ally be sat here cry­ing be­cause I’m again be­moan­ing the fact we’ve thrown two points away.

“We’re a tad frag­ile at the mo­ment and when we con­cede a goal we take our foot of the gas.

“The se­cond half was the kind of se­cond half I’m af­ter, it was full of drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“We have to be do­ing that from the start of matches but I’m still con­fi­dent we will turn things around.”


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